*Technology Vendors Do Care*
**Helping The Community**
***Times are tough. Technology vendors are hurting, too. As a result, we see a lot of acquisitions and overall contraction. And yes, technology vendors have to sell, which can get them a bad name in some cases. Nobody likes to be sold. However, that doesn’t mean that technology vendors don’t have a heart. Here’s what I mean:
****First, back in May, over 400 citizen supporters, business and community leaders, and friends and alumni gathered for City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley’s annual Starry Starry Night benefit gala to celebrate a dedicated group of individuals who serve in the community’s schools. This year’s event commemorated the City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley site’s 18th year of service, and honored the contributions of Dr. Aart de Geus, Chairman and CEO of Synopsys Corporation.
****For the second consecutive year, eLynx proudly sponsored the group’s efforts as a Silver Sponsor. President and CEO of eLynx, Sharon Matthews, has been a long-time supporter of City Year and a member of the board for 7 years. “These young adults are doing transformative work for at-risk students in the community,” said Matthews. “We are very happy to support these growing leaders, who are coaching and inspiring young people to make positive choices and stay in school.”
****According to City Year, every 26 seconds a student in America drops out of school, resulting in 1.1 million drop-outs annually. These people cost their communities over $400,000 each over their lifetimes. To combat these statistics, City Year places young college-aged people in schools to serve as mentors and tutors for students struggling with their ’A, B, Cs’. The mentors focus on attendance, behavior and course issues in literacy and math to combat the nation’s high school drop-out crisis. In just the first 4 months of this school year, the San Jose team’s work has resulted in a 48 percent attendance improvement, 54 percent behavior improvement, 75 percent increase in students’ raw literary scores, and a 64% increase in student’s raw math scores. Additionally, corps members work with local businesses to rebuild and beautify schools and communities in need.
****“City Year enjoys partnering with organizations who understand corporate social responsibility,” said Beach Pace, Executive Director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. “eLynx’s investment in City Year’s support of social change and academic achievement is fueling our member’s ability to positively transform the lives of at-risk students. It also is an investment in the leadership development of our City Year corps members – skills they can continue to use and share throughout their lives in any community.”
****“Great needs are being met by these motivated individuals,” said Matthews. “We are proud to sponsor this event and will continue to personally support this important organization going forward.”
****Also, the staff at Document Express, Inc. (DX), a provider of document preparation and compliance services for the mortgage industry, recently participated in a Relay For Life walk to support the fight against cancer. This is an event that is very near and dear to the staff at DX as past DX president, Paul Fosco, fought and survived a battle with cancer 9 years ago.
****“When it comes to fighting cancer, I’m incapable of expressing my feelings in words alone. In 2003, I was diagnosed with stage 3 nasal pharyngeal cancer,” said Paul Fosco. “That was 9 years ago, and due to great medical care and the endless support of my family and friends, all is well today.”
****Relay For Life is the largest cancer fundraiser in the world, raising over $4 Billion. Since 1996, The Society has collaborated with multiple cancer organizations in countries outside the U.S. to license and support Relay For Life programs. As a result, Relay For Life is now a global movement that generates cancer awareness, outreach, and income in 23 countries around the world. Relay For Life fundraising efforts have transcended reality, and gone virtual, too. Since 2007, American Cancer Society volunteers have planned, executed and hosted a full-scale Relay For Life experience in the virtual world, Second Life. Virtual Relay allows people who may not have been able to participate in other ways a chance to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
****“Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have survived cancer, remember lost loved ones, and fight back against the deadly disease,” said Paul Fosco. “I strongly urge each of you to participate in these life-saving events whenever the opportunity arises. Your generous contributions not only help those in need, but also their loved ones to overcome all that is associated with cancer.”